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Offbeat Warren Buffett's growing cash pile and the big read-in for investors

02:25  07 august  2018
02:25  07 august  2018 Source:   marketwatch.com

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The latest results from Berkshire Hathaway Inc. show that the Oracle of Omaha has plenty of cash sloshing around. And that could be a warning sign for a bull market that’ s pushing ever higher, as well as clear evidence that Berkshire BRK.A, -1.25% BRK.B

Even Buffett sounded off about the company' s cash position in an interview with CNBC following the company' s But the big worry, and the reason investors should be paying close attention to Buffett ' s actions Its current reading of 33.1 is higher than on Black Tuesday during the Great Depression

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The latest results from Berkshire Hathaway Inc. show that the Oracle of Omaha has plenty of cash sloshing around.

And that could be a warning sign for a bull market that’s pushing ever higher, as well as clear evidence that Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett is having a tough time putting the conglomerate’s money to work, according to Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, which provides online investment platforms and stockbrokerage services.

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Warren Buffett ’ s primary goal in 2018 is to spend Berkshire Hathaway' s 6 billion in cash on The prices paid in 2017 were not sensible for the most part Buffett indicated and often included too Buffett also warned investors that a new accounting rule must include all unrealized gains from its

In Warren Buffett ’ s words, he keeps a lot of cash on hand “so that we can both withstand Buffett is a big -time value investor , and always looks to buy undervalued stocks based on their intrinsic Robert Farrington is America' s Millennial Money Expert, and the founder of The College Investor , a

“Yet another increase in the total cash pile at his Berkshire Hathaway, to $129.6 billion, despite $12 billion in net new investments in traded securities in the second quarter (mainly Apple), suggests that master investor Warren Buffett is still having difficulty in finding value in U.S. — and perhaps global — stocks,” Mould said in a note to clients on Monday.

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Here’s his chart showing how Buffett’s cash mound has grown and grown:

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“This is something that investors should consider, as key indexes such as the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 make heavy weather of getting back to, and breaking away from, the all-time highs they set earlier in the year,” said Mould.

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Warren Buffett , billionaire investor and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has long held the belief that Already, companies have authorized over 0 billion in buybacks, and the overall pace of buybacks is Buffett ' s belief in the enduring power of buybacks, and how they should be evaluated

Buffett and his management team have openly recognized that it has a cash problem. After all, Buffett has said that he prefers to keep at least billion Common stocks are another option that Buffett would prefer to use Berkshire' s cash on, but the same problem applies. Stock valuations are high in

As well, investors and executives should take note that “ultimate contrarians” Buffett and partner Charlie Munger are sitting on the sidelines when it comes to acquisitions. Mould noted how Buffett warned in his annual shareholder letter in February of this very thing: Not enough good companies were available to buy at reasonable prices.

Yet research from Moody’s Analytics shows the value of global mergers and acquisitions shooting to $2.6 trillion in the first half of this year, just below a record set in 2007, said Mould.

“M&A tends to peak when animal spirits are running high and often when executives feel their own shares are expensive enough to make them a valuable acquisition currency (not that this is necessarily a good thing for the sellers and the recipients of those shares, namely investors),” he said.

He noted that Berkshire Hathaway’s cash pile grew in 1998-99, just ahead of the bursting of a tech-stock bubble, then again in 2005 to 2007, as markets again became frothy. But then the Berkshire sage and company used the period from 2000 to 2003, and then 2007 and 2009, to buy assets at lower valuations as markets were melting down.

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Berkshire’s growing mound of money comes as the stock market is just three weeks away from making history as the longest bull market on record.

Barbara Kollmeyer is an editor for MarketWatch in Madrid. Follow her on Twitter @bkollmeyer.

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